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I just discovered this site yesterday and I'm hooked. I've always had a fascination with maps, demographics, and community/transportation plans. Unfortunately I didn't think about a career relating to those interests when I was in college, so I graduated with a degree in accounting. Now I'm wondering, what kind of graduate program would be good for someone who's into maps, demos, and planning? And would I even be able to get into such a program with no background in art or geography? One of the few things in life I can do all day and never get tired is analyze a map. Help!
 

Seabishop

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Many masters programs in planning don't require related undergrad degrees. I was a psychology undergrad and lots of other people on this site seem to have bachelors in unrelated fields. Someone who can manage money would be pretty desirable for lots of planning jobs.
 

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Welcome to Cyburbia -- it has an entrancing quality, as you've seen.

Your accounting degree will be no hindrance in getting into a graduate urban planning program at all. In fact, in the *real world* it will come in handy, as many accounting principles are applicable, such as state boards of account with rules about how we keep track of our budgets, for example, and the development end will find it quite useful, especially in pulbic/private partnerships. Art and geography do not necessarily a planner make -- I'm a history major, after all. The two other planners in my office can't draw a box using a template.

So, what are you waiting for? Get those GREs out of the way and get your apps in the mail.

Oh, and go on over to the welcome page and introduce yourself. Don't worry, we don't bite. Much.
 

otterpop

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A degree in accounting could be useful, particularly if you went into community development or grant writing. My B.S. was in journalism. Don't let an unrelated degree stop you. Good luck.
 
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Welcome to Cyburbia. :)


As others have said, it doesn't really matter what your undergrad degree is. Planning is a multi-discplinary field that has a place for just about any and everyone. Good luck.
 
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thanks and greetings

Wow, you all are quick! I'll definitely have to do some research now and see what options I have.

Some more about me.. I'm 23, male, and live in Reston, VA, which some of you may know is a "planned community." It's a perfect mix of single-family homes and high-density housing along the fast-growing Dulles technology corridor. There's also the Reston Town Center (shopping, restaurants, luxury condos) and more parks than I can count. And trees galore. It truly is a place where you can live and work and get a big city experience in a small town. Only one problem though.. It's expensive! New condos are being built down the street from me "starting at $1,000,000" Crazy!

But anyway, I do accounting work for a company in McLean, VA but I'm looking to go back to school for a master's in accounting or something in urban planning if I can get a better overview of the field. I love football (as any self-respecting Northern Virginian should) and hockey too. That's about it. Thanks for your responses so far! I look forward to reading the hundreds of old messages and catching up.

Jon
 

Zoning Goddess

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Welcome from Florida. :)

You just missed Trail Nazi, she's now in Reston but moving to the Philly area next week.
 

JNA

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Welcome from
among the many Midwesterners
in the Central Time Zone, north of Ohio River.
 

biscuit

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Welcome from someone currently in Southwestern Pennsylvania who has been known to have himself too good of a time at Reston Town Center on more than one occasion. .
 

vaughan

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Hey, I've got a buddy who's an accountant in northern Virginia/DC.. he got caught up in the arthur anderson fiasco and now works outside of the "big five" or whatever circle as an accountant for a real estate company..

anyway, I certainly had no problem getting into a master's program in planning with a background in archaeology.. I'm sure you wouldn't have a problem.

Welcome from Wyoming!
 

JNL

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Welcome from New Zealand :) I have an undergrad degree in criminology and psychology but am considering post-grad study in urban planning/urban design.
 

Big Easy King

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Welcome and greetings from the Big Easy. You're already in a great graduate (masters) program...Cyburbia. ;-) Enjoy! :-D
 

Jam

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yeah, welcome-ive just kinda stumbled into this site too and am loving it!

Im a 31 year old m, from Northern UK who has a degree and diploma in Planning. Have spent the past 5 years dealing with enforcement matters, but have now eased myself into the calmer pastures of development control and handling applications....
 

Cardinal

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Welcome Valhallan and Jam, to our little cult of planning. You have already found that Cyburbia is more addictive than cocaine or heroin. Prepare to be assimilated.
 

mendelman

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yeah, what Cardinal said.

oh and

HI

assimilation....mmmmmmmmmmmm
 

Doitnow

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Hi Valhallan and Welcome to Valhalla... oooopps I meant Welcome to Cyburbia :)


I've always had a fascination with maps, demographics, and community/transportation plans
I don't know whether you have bachelors course in GIS. I am happy to note that in some cities in India there B. Sc in Remote Sensing and GIS.
Looking at you interests, I suggest you develop a strong GIS base with application in the planning field.


One of the few things in life I can do all day and never get tired is analyze a map. Help!
I think you and me can get along really well. Now don't get me wrong. I'm talking about the love for maps. ;-)


I'm looking to go back to school for a master's in accounting or something in urban planning
If was you then I would become a Planner with specialisation in financial and accounting subjects and become that financial expert in the filed of planning that we lack immensely in our country.


Prepare to be assimilated
Hmmm...As regards Cyburbia " Prepare to Assimilate"
 
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As 7 of 9 might have said once, long ago: Resistence is futile.

As I might say while hanging in my old Stomping Grounds down South: Both of y'all come back now, yuh heah?

Or, in American instead of Suuthuhn: Welcome aboard.

Michele, who must need more sleep -- this is sillier than the law allows. :)
 

Budgie

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The real beauty of planning is that there is a niche for everyone in the field. It is extremely diverse. I started college wanting to be an accountant, got 24 accounting hours under my belt and got bored with it. But as part of the general business ciriculum, I had to take economics, which I fell in love with. I've always had a fondness and knack for geography and all things spatial, plus a love of traveling and architecture. Planning is the only field that readily rolls all of my interests together.

My graduate program had psychologists, journalists, geographers, architects, economists and who knows what else in it. My BA was in economics and geography. Try getting a decent job with that duel major. An accounting degree is a plus, especially in the public finance, project feasibility and other areas of planning.
 

Trail Nazi

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Wow! Two Cyburbinites in the same community. Simply amazing! Welcome. You should come to the get together on Tuesday night in DC to meet some others. UVA offers an urban planning degree at its Northern Virginia campus.
 
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